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Madison County Health Department
Prescription Drug Disposal

To protect, promote and improve the health of our community

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Do you know the truth about
prescription drug abuse?

Q. Abusing prescription drugs is safer than using illicit drugs.
A. FALSE

Q. When misused or taken without a doctor’s prescription, these drugs can be just as harmful as illegal street drugs.
A. TRUE

Q. Sharing and misusing prescription drugs is legal.
A. FALSE

Q. Using prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription is harmful and illegal.
A. TRUE

70% of people 12 and older who abuse prescription drugs get their drugs from friends or family.

Are you an Accidental Drug Dealer?
Learn how to keep track of your medications.

MONITOR

  • Take note of how many pills are in each of your prescription bottles.
  • Keep track of your refills, know many times you have refilled.
  • Encourage friends and relatives to regularly monitor their medicine cabinets.

SECURE

  • Take prescription drugs out of the medicine cabinets and hide them in a place only you know about.
  • If possible keep all medicine, both prescription and over the counter, in a secure place.
  • Remind family and friends to lock up their medications. Keep them in a safe place that is out sight and out of the reach of children.

DISPOSE
Use the Madison County Prescription drug disposal program, available 24/7, to dispose of unused prescription drugs properly!

  • Remove any personal info from prescription drug bottles.
  • Tightly seal prescription drug bottles and place in a ziplock bag.
  • Drop off unused drug in the disposal boxes at the Berea or Richmond Police Departments

If you are unable to take unused prescription drugs to the local police department:

  • take the medication out of it's bottle
  • mix the medication with an undesirable substance like coffee grounds or kitty litter
  • put the mixture in an empty can or a zip-lock bag
  • throw it away in your trash

Help Keep Our Water Supply Clean!
NEVER FLUSH MEDICATIONS DOWN THE TOILET
OR WASH THEM DOWN THE SINK!

Prescription Drug Community Report 2011


Madison County
Prescription Drug Disposal Program

Providing safe, secure locations to drop off unused prescription medicine
24 hours a day - 7 days a week

Berea Police Department
304 Chestnut Street
Berea, KY

Richmond Police Department
1721 Lexington Rd
Richmond, KY

drug disposal box

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Funded by the
Foundation for a
Healthy Kentucky

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